MUSIC NEWS: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2017
LITTLE BIG TOWN - SURPRISE
Little Big Town broke the news to themselves about an honour being bestowed upon them by the city of Nashville.
They were filming a promotional video and Phillip Sweet read cold what was on the teleprompter: ``Hi, we're Little Big Town. We've just been inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame and will receive our star in Nashville on Sept. 14th.'' The rest of the band went from smiling politely to cries of ``WHAT?!'' Sweet says he just had ``a whole Ron Burgundy moment.'' The event is free and open to the public.
KELLY ROWLAND - FIFTH HARMONY
Fifth Harmony was able to figure out what to do after losing a member by getting advice from someone who had gone through it: Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child. Fifth Harmony's Dinah Jane says when things got tough after Camila Cabello left, Rowland told them to let the music speak for itself and be there for each other. Lauren Jauregi (hah-REH'-gee) says a lot of people suggested they replace Cabello, but they decided, ``If we're going to do this, it's the four of us. Period.'' Jane says their new self-titled album is ``more edgy and mature'' but the most harmonious they've ever been.
WANDA JACKSON - AUTOBIOGRAPHY
There's lots of talk of ``girl power'' in music, but Wanda Jackson was one of the first to have it. She will tell her life story in a new book, ``Every Night Is Saturday Night: A Country Girl's Journey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.'' Jackson was one of the first females in rock and she had an integrated band in the early 1960s that included Roy Clark before he was famous. Elvis Presley gave Jackson his ring and asked her to be his girl. She played with Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis and collaborated with Joan Jett and Jack White. Jackson's book will be out in November.
SKIP PROKOP - OBIT
Skip Prokop -- the big-hearted drummer, co-founder and visionary behind Canadian rock band Lighthouse -- has died at the age 74. Band manager Brenda Hoffert, wife of Lighthouse co-founder Paul Hoffert, says he died earlier this week in a hospital in St. Thomas. She say had been living with a heart condition and was ill for some time. Born Ronald Harry Prokop, the Hamilton native had his initial taste of international success with Canadian psychedelic rock band the Paupers in the early 1960s. After the group disbanded, Prokop was an in-demand session musician for industry heavyweights including Carlos Santana, Janis Joplin and folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary.
CONCERT PROCEEDS - HOUSTON
Solange Knowles is pledging her support to her hometown of Houston. Knowles writes on Instagram she will donate the proceeds from a special ``Orions Rise'' show in Boston on Sept. 28th to Hurricane Harvey relief. She'll also donate three-dollars from each ticket from her Oct. 3rd show in New York. She says she's committed to helping ``the city that raised me with so much love.''
Fall Out Boy plan to donate the proceeds from their Nov. 7th concert in Houston to relief efforts as well. Relief charities also are getting 500-thousand dollars from Miley Cyrus, 30-thousand from The Chainsmokers, 25-thousand from D.J. Khaled (KAL'-ehd) and 25-thousand from Jennifer Lopez.
MIRANDA LAMBERT - MUTT NATION - HOUSTON
Miranda Lambert's Mutt Nation charity has rescued more than 70 dogs from Houston animal shelters to make way for dogs that got lost during Hurricane Harvey. Mutt Nation sent a convoy of vans and buses to Houston to pick up dogs and the plans are to go back for more. Lambert says the dogs have been moved to her shelter in Oklahoma. Lambert posted on Wednesday one of the dogs had puppies and she named the mother Ashley after her Pistol Annies bandmate, Ashley Monroe, who just had a baby herself. Fans who want to help can donate through MuttNation-dot-com/foundation.
TAYLOR SWIFT - MYSTERY OBJECT
Authorities have used an excavator on the beach near Taylor Swift's mansion in Westerly, Rhode Island, to dig up a big metal-and-concrete - something. The mystery object had several pipes with wires running through them, and it came up in pieces. It's been posing a hazard to swimmers. Oceanographers had told a beach association it could be a device used to monitor currents and sediment. Rhode Island lawmaker Mike Chippendale tweets, ``I really hope that thing is not a portal to hell.''
NOTORIOUS B.I.G. - DOCUMENTARY
The mother of The Notorious B.I.G. says she never thought of her son as an artist, only as her son. Voletta Wallace says her son told her never to listen to his music, so she didn't until he died. She says she cried because he had such a beautiful voice. Wallace is part of a new A&E documentary, ``Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G.,'' that will air on Monday. Biggie's widow, Faith Evans, says fans adored him but never really knew him, and she hopes the documentary will let fans see him as the great person he was. She says she tears up every time she sees it.
OLD DOMINION - LITTLE BIG TOWN
Old Dominion singer Matthew Ramsey got it into his head that they should collaborate with Little Big Town. The only thing is that Old Dominion did not really know Little Big Town all that well. Ramsey says they had met a few times and Little Big Town was always nice to them. He just decided to ask. They said yes. He says it was ``super cool'' to watch them work on the song ``Stars In The City.'' Ramsey admits getting them was a shot in the dark but adds, ``If you want something, just ask for it.''
(The Associated Press)